Team leader R&D,

Netherlands, South Holland, Sassenheim

Business unit: Corporate R&D and Innovation

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


Lead the development of new technology formulations that will make a difference to a leading global organization

AkzoNobel’s business area Decorative Paints adds color to people’s lives with a full range of interior and exterior decoration and protection products for the trade and consumer markets. As authorities on color we aim to provide all our customers – from professional decorators to DIY enthusiasts – with a great color experience and a fantastic finish. Our range includes paints, lacquers and varnishes, as well as products for surface preparation (pre-deco products).

Decorative Paints operates an advanced and well-resourced R&D capability at Sassenheim in the Netherlands, staffed by a multinational and highly engaged team. This capability incorporates an Expertise Research Group (ERG) that develops new paint technology concepts for the global market.

ERG includes an Exterior Woodcare team which develops new technologies and solutions for our Woodcare businesses throughout the world. Woodcare products are mainly used to decorate and protect wood used on housing (cladding, doors and window frames) and in gardens (fences, decks). Our portfolio includes respected brands such as Sikkens, Pinotex, Cuprinol and Xyladecor.

Within this context, your mission in this role is to act as the principle project leader for technical
development projects in the Woodcare team, operating within the boundaries of well-established innovation processes.

Is this a challenge that matches your profile as a result- and client-focused research professional with a powerful combination of people and project management skills? Do you have the commitment to develop a thorough understanding of woodcare? Can you act as a knowledgeable partner for marketing, commercial and scientific partners as well as working closely together with our legal team? Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic, multinational and multicultural business environment?

If you offer all this and more we invite you to apply for the role of

Team Leader R&D

The role and its responsibilities
Working from the laboratory in Sassenheim you lead the development of innovative functional (biocidal) woodcare formulations that can be initiated by both market pull and R&D push.

This requires you to effectively manage the expertise, resources, and people within the team. You also manage relationships with stakeholders and act as an expertise coordinator, keeping in touch with research institutes and external suppliers and expanding (y)our network inside and outside AkzoNobel.

All of this demands the excellent communication skills necessary to motivate team members and advise others and reporting on the progress of projects and results.

At all times you seek to develop and maintain a thorough technical understanding of challenges and needs.

Needless to say, you ensure that all work is carried out according to AkzoNobel HSE standards.

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Job characteristics

Closing date

May 31, 2017

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South Holland



Business unit

Corporate R&D and Innovation

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Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile

Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess the following attributes:
• Master's degree or PhD in Chemistry, or another field related to woodcare and/or paint;
• At least 5 years of relevant experience;
• A track record of creating open minded and innovative environments;
• A well-developed network with appropriate professional parties is an advantage;
• Excellent communication skills including fluent in spoken and written English, with German language skills a strong advantage.

Application details
For further information, please contact CoE Talent Resourcing, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 1700023W or use the ‘apply’ link.
A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.

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AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 45,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Flexa, Sikkens, Alabastine and Jozo. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.